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Special Collections & Archives Department: Primary Source Databases

Guide to frequently accessed collections of digitized primary and historical materials. ♦ Sources are organized by Vendor.

EBSCO - Historical Periodicals & Magazines

READEX - Historical Newspapers

(LCP - Library Company of Philadelphia; AAS - American Antiquarian Society)


READEX - Early American Imprints

--Includes a decent "Browse" feature for exploring pre-designated names/topics in Genre, Subjects, Author, Place of Publication, History of Printing, Language.

--To search multiple collections, go to the upper-right corner of the screen and select "Searching."


Afro-Americana Imprints includes:

  • Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535-1922  (LCP)
  • American Slavery Collection, 1820-1922 (AAS) - 3,500 printed works, includes books, pamphlets, graphic materials, and ephemera

Early American Imprints I and II includes:

  • Series I: Evans, 1639-1830 - 50,000 books, pamphlets, broadsides published in America, based on Charles Evans'  bibliography
  • Series I: Evans Supplement 1670-1800 (LCP) - over 1,000 more recently discovered works printed in America
  • Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819 - 36,000 books, pamphlets, broadsides published in America, based on bibliography by R. Shaw and R. Shoemaker.
  • Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819 (LCP) - over 1,000 more recently discovered works

PROQUEST - Baltimore Afro-American, Sun, NYT, Newspapers, Periodicals

Searching across collections available.


GALE - Historical newspapers; pamplets, ephemera, Americana; The (London) Times

Vendor allows for searching across collections.


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